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Sermon for 17 August 2014



My Dear People,

On Friday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption – I just want to share some reflections with you on this great feast of the Blessed Virgin. It is called "Little Easter" in the Eastern part of the Church and by the Orthodox and rightly so.

Our Lady's Assumption is the supernatural consequence of the fact that she was borne into this world without Original Sin.

Mary is Sinless so that death could not consume her and she experienced at the end of her earthly life a Bodily Resurrection brought about by the power of her Son.

She is the first born from the dead after THE FIRST BORN - Jesus Christ - the Resurrection and the Life. How could our Lord allow his mother's spotless body to decay in the earth? He could not, and so he assumed into the heavenly glory the Mother of us all.

Whenever our Lady appears on earth the seers always say how beautiful she is - not to be compared to any earthly beauty. Our Lady always looks young as well - it is as though age does not touch her as you would expect once you have passed out of this time perspective. Michelangelo was criticised for making the face of our Lady on the famous "PIETA" as young as the face of her Divine Son, placed in death upon her knees. His explanation was that Mary was always young and lovely because she was the sinless one who bore the Eternal and Timeless Son.

It is a great mystery isn’t it and yet it is a doctrine we all hold to be true even for ourselves. We proclaim in the Creed - "we believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting". So my body too will rise again and be in heaven with God. It will not be subject to decay again or to sin. I will gaze upon God in my body. It will be a real body but not like my earthly one in the sense that the seed is not like the fruit.

Mary - the immaculate one is the fairest of all creatures and the splendour of God's creation. In her we have the singular boast of our race. However, never think that she cannot relate to us because of her exalted status in the Church. She is so near to us in all the conditions of life and has been the beacon for many a nation when they were suffering their darkest hour and the hope for many a sinner who could not face God and who sought her help. Think of France in 1858 (Lourdes) and Ireland in 1879. (Knock)

Those of our Diocese who made the Pilgrimage to Lourdes a few weeks ago will witness to the closeness of the immaculate one to all her children and in all conditions of body, soul and mind. May our Lady's Feast fill us all with a holy joy and fixing our eyes on our Heavenly Mother may we find the way to Jesus more easily and more faithfully than ever before.

God bless you.

Father Tom Connolly

Bidding Prayers

Bidding prayers 20th Sunday of Year A

Priest: Let us pray within the Mystical Body of Christ that all may be one in the household of Faith and that God may hear his people in their need.

Reader: For the Church our Mother as she undertakes the ministry of reconciliation of humanity that she may succeed in showing the way to unity with in the family of mankind. Lord in your mercy.

For great rejoicing in the unlimited mercy of God shown in Christ Jesus our Lord and that many may find the courage to be converted through the tender compassion of our God. Lord hear us.

For the suffering of our fellow Christians in Syria and all who seek our help and succour in this terrible conflict that the good Lord my deliver them from their agonies. Lord in your mercy.

For the visit of Pope Francis to South Korea;that his witness will show forth Christ. Lord in your mercy.

For the many non-Christians of our area, Muslims, Hindus, Buddists - that they might find the one True God through the witness and charity of this community. Lord in your mercy.

For the sick that they might find in Christ the Divine Healer - comfort in their weakness: Lilly Burrows, Peter La Mattina, Holly Walls. Lord in your mercy.

For all those who have died: Peter Macfarlane, Tommy Finn, Frank Dwyer, Kathleen Cunningham AND For all whose anniversaries occur now: Matthew Clinton, Johnny Howard, John Scannell (11am), Dwayne Miller, Denis Sweeney, Marie Silk (9am), Michael and Mary Kelly, Bridie and Tom Greally, Lyden family Intentions. May their souls of the souls of all the faithful dept through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

O Mary Conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who recourse to thee. Hail Mary...full of grace...

Priest: Loving God, in faith we call out for your saving power revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. May our prayers be pleasing in your sight and be received in the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ who lives forever and ever. Amen.